Local Digest: Two arrested in stun gun robberies in the District

October 2, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Two accused in stun gun robbery

D.C. police arrested two men Wednesday morning after two people were robbed of their bicycles in Northwest Washington, the sixth attack linked to a series of holdups in which stun guns were used, according to authorities.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the investigation is continuing but “we do not know if this is tied to the others.”

Police identified the suspects as Michael Moore, 19, of Northeast and David Ashton, 18, of Northwest. Each was charged with robbery.

The two are charged in an attack that occurred about 2 a.m. in the 4000 block of Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth. Officer Anthony Clay, a police spokesman, said three men joined in the robbery and demanded the victims’ bicycles, wallets and cellphones.

Clay said one of the men appeared to be holding a stun gun — the victims reported seeing sparks from a red metallic object pointed at them — but the weapon was not used to harm them. Clay said officers arrested two of the three men a short time later.

Police said in a statement that they are searching for a third man, who was armed with the stun gun. He is described as a black male standing 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and long dreadlocks and was last seen wearing black pants and a black jacket, according to the statement.

Two people were robbed Sunday — a newspaper deliveryman in Capitol Hill whose car was taken and a man in the 2100 block of 10th Street NW, who police said was stunned in the back and knocked down as he walked through an alley.

Three other people were robbed last week near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Mount Vernon Square. In one case, police said, one assailant was armed with a stun gun and another with a handgun. In most cases, wallets and cellphones were stolen. One man was shocked and repeatedly punched and required hospital treatment.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Man charged in Bowie slaying

Prince George’s County police have charged Demarco G. James with first-degree murder, saying he fatally shot a man at the home of James’s ex-girlfriend.

James, 31, of the District has been on the run since August, after police found 27-year-old Michael Leo Reese suffering from a gunshot wound at the home near the 2500 block of Nicol Circle in Bowie, police say. Reese died at the scene of the shooting.

James is the second man police arrested for Reese’s death.

In August, police arrested 32-year-old Vincent M. Martin of Northeast Washington at the scene of what police believe was part of a domestic dispute. Martin, who lived with James, was charged with first- and second-degree murder.

Police arrested James on Tuesday in the District on unrelated charges, and he will be moved to Prince George’s County.

— Lynh Bui

Baker’s son plans to run for delegate seat

The son of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who shares his father’s name, announced Wednesday that he plans to run for delegate to the Maryland General Assembly from a mid-county district where he recently moved.

At a morning kickoff at Riverdale Park’s Town Center Market, Rushern L. Baker IV (D), an artist who teaches part time at the University of Maryland, said he was eager to continue his family’s tradition of public service. And, he said, he hoped to become an advocate for the arts.

Baker, 26, said he moved last year to District 22, which includes parts of Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hyattsville and New Carrollton, among other communities. He said he changed his voter registration in June from his parents’ home in another district to his residence in Riverdale Park. He also said he had recently cleared up some overdue traffic violations that had resulted in the suspension of his driver’s license.

— Miranda S. Spivack

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